Sunday, June 12, 2011

Muslim Woman Weightlifter Wants to Wear Hijab; To Compete in US Nationals Tournament in July

The Big News Network website reports today (June 12, 2011) that a Muslim civil rights organization has urged the American Olympics Committee to grant a female Pakistani-American Muslim weightlifter the right to wear a hijab.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said Kulsoom Abdullah -- the athlete -- should be allowed to compete in the US Weightlifting Senior Nationals tournament this July in Council Bluffs, Iowa, pending the outcome of a formal hearing on her request to wear a hijab.

Abdullah, 35, told CAIR that US Weightlifting had prevented her from participating in the American Open in December 2010 due to her desire to wear a hijab.

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